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What is a Pinched Nerve?


A pinched nerve is a common, but painful ailment that is caused when a nerve(s) becomes compressed. This creates inflammation and discomfort. There can be many causes and symptoms, but luckily, treatment is often rather simple.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve

There are several symptoms of pinched nerves. Generally, a pinched nerve can be rather painful, evidenced by sharp aches or burning sensations where the nerves are compressed. Other signs can include numbness, tingling, and the “pins and needles” feeling in the affected area.

What are the causes?

A pinched nerve happens when muscles, tendons or bones in the immediate area apply too much pressure to the nerve – hence the compression. This interrupts the way the nerve naturally functions and can lead to the symptoms described above. A pinched nerve can happen in various parts of your body, such as your neck, back, legs, and in joints like your wrists and fingers.

They can be caused by an injury, strenuous activities, arthritis, or even stress. Another big factor that contributes to pinched nerves is bad posture. This is because of the constant misalignment that poor posture causes throughout your neck and back.

Treating pinched nerves

Fortunately, most symptoms of a pinched nerve go away on their own, and often quickly. But if the pain and discomfort last for multiple days, it may be time to consult your doctor. Chiropractic care can be of great use to treat pinched nerves as well. The non-invasive manipulations that your chiropractor does can reduce the stress on the area and realign your spine to an optimal state. This helps increase range of motion and allows the body to move more naturally, which reduces or eliminates the compression on the nerve(s).

Although pinched nerves are uncomfortable and painful, they are common and can be alleviated quickly with chiropractic care. For more information or to ask any questions, visit our website, or call us at 815-380-2180.

Kirkland Family Chiropractic Center

229 First Avenue Suite 2

Rock Falls, IL 61071